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IRS gets ready to ramp up enforcement: 125,000 compliance letters going out

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In a significant clampdown on wealthy tax evaders, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced it is dispatching over 125,000 compliance letters to high-income taxpayers who have neglected to file returns since 2017. These efforts aim to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid taxes, with a particular focus on those earning over $1 million. IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel emphasized the importance of everyone fulfilling their civic duty, especially during tax season.


This move is part of a broader federal initiative to increase tax audits on America’s wealthiest individuals and businesses, bolstered by a nearly $80 billion boost in IRS funding through the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. Despite criticism from some Congressional Republicans, the IRS assures that the increased audit rates will spare taxpayers earning less than $400,000 annually, targeting primarily the top income earners.

Taxpayers receiving these letters are urged to act promptly to avoid penalties or more severe enforcement actions. This campaign is one of several IRS strategies to ensure tax compliance, including recent audits on private jet deductions, as the agency steps up efforts to ensure fairness in tax obligations across all income levels.



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